Crews fighting two large New Mexico wildfires hope to get break from forecast of storms

PECOS, N.M (AP) -- Crews fighting two large uncontained wildfires in New Mexico are focusing on building protection lines around the blazes and hoping a forecast of storms will bring moisture to help reduce the intensity of the fires.

Still, the forecast thunderstorms could also bring lightning that could start new fires and gusty winds that could help spread the blazes.

A fire burning in New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest 25 miles from Santa Fe had grown to more than 11 square miles.

The fire near the communities of Pecos and Tres Lagunas had prompted the evacuations of about 140 homes.

No homes have been burned.

Another New Mexico blaze, the Thompson Ridge fire near Jemez Springs, grew to nearly 3 square miles.

Forty to 50 homes in the area were evacuated.

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